Annual Giving Staff

Would you like to talk to someone about making a gift? One of our team members would be happy to receive your call:

Melanie Lyons

Melanie Lyons

Director of Annual Giving

Dee Jackson

Dee Jackson

Annual Giving and Community Relations

Jackson Vanhaitsma

Jackson Vanhaitsma

Phonathon Coordinator

Student Development Officers

Alexandra Anaele
Midland, MI

Jessica Brand
West Bloomfield, MI
Speech Pathology

Anna Buckingham
Grand Rapids, MI
Political Science

Carly Byrnes
Oak Lawn, IL

Katelyn DenBesten
Zeeland, MI
Speech Pathology

Alexa Dominguez
Lombard, IL

Janay Faulkner
Montrose, PA
Environmental Science – Biology

Sierra Galatas
Hartland, WI
Accounting, Chinese

Lydia Gall
Reedsburg, WI
Therapeutic Recreation

Paige Gamrat
Kalamazoo, MI
Elementary Education, French

Daniel Harmon
Grand Rapids, MI

Austin Kanis
Grand Rapids, MI
Business Marketing

Zion Kim
Santiago de Los Caballero, Dominican Republic
Business Marketing

Ruth Langkamp
Berwyn, IL
Sociologys, International Development Studies

Jennifer Lee
Namyangju-Si, South Korea

Alissa Lucas
Byron Center, MI
English – Writing

Haley Michaels
Folsom, CA
Pre-Occupational Therapy

Juliette Mpano
Kijabe, Kenya
Public Health, French

Rachel Mulavelil
Tamil Nadu, India
Biology, Pre-Med

Mimi Mutesa
Kampala, Uganda
Film and Media Studies

Magdalene Osei
Accra, Ghana
Business, French

Reagan Rohl
Grand Rapids, MI/Durham, England
Religion, Music

Isaac Spackman
Bend, OR

Elizabeth VanOyen
Troy, MI
Business, Graphic Design

Chelsea Veldkamp
Liberty Township, OH
Special Elementary Education


Students Supporting Students

The Calvin University Phonathon exists to engage students with supporters, and to connect supporters with some of the very students they’re impacting.

Q&A with Tammie Thong, Student Caller

Why did you choose Calvin?

I decided that Calvin was a good fit for me because it offered a quality Christian liberal arts education at an affordable price.

Where are you from? What about Grand Rapids reminds you of home?

Given that I am originally from tropical Singapore but grew up in bustling Hong Kong and China, my “homes” are vastly different from Grand Rapids. Despite these differences, Grand Rapids—and Calvin in particular—is similar to Hong Kong and Singapore, in that it is supportive of diversity and harmony in a heterogeneous community.

What has been your favorite course at Calvin?

My favorite course so far is my Biology 141 course because we looked at complex worldwide issues that affect everyday people.

Where is your favorite hangout spot on campus?

Johnny’s, because it has such a cozy atmosphere, and you are bound to see at least five people you know at any given time.

Why is supporting Calvin so important?

It is so important to support Calvin because most of us cannot afford the price tag of a quality liberal arts education. Calvin is also so accommodating and supportive of its students through student organizations, free counseling, and tutoring, among many other services.